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nUcLeArEnVoY

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Removing the drip molding...
« on: April 05, 2020, 09:39:23 AM »
Will removing the code B80 brightwork roof drip molding on a '79 or '80 leave any marks on the paint that I won't be able to repair without having to refinish the entire unibody? Lol I personally find hardtops a lot sleeker without the molding.

How were they typically installed? Adhesive or hardware?

And no, painting the moldings is not an option. I want the thing gone haha. It just sucks because it's hard to find late 70's Trans Am hardtops without that trim.
« Last Edit: April 05, 2020, 10:14:35 AM by nUcLeArEnVoY »

Nexus

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Re: Removing the drip molding...
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2020, 10:51:39 AM »
Generally (if I remember correctly), they have a thin layer of black 3m adhesion strip but also have Philips head screws that secure them. The adhesion strip I'm not 100% on. Been a while since I removed mine.
Charlie

79 Esprit but like many, it will be a T/A clone
(19 years and counting but still have her)

Johnny ace

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Re: Removing the drip molding...
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2020, 12:41:24 PM »
I believe that there are 2 styles-chrome plastic and metal.my 76 had plastic.they were friction fit.replaced them with a rubber mallet.

Grand73Am

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Re: Removing the drip molding...
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2020, 12:57:38 PM »
79's have anodized aluminum drip moldings. They're sandwiched between the channels that hold up the roof rail weatherstrip, and the body. So, you basically have to peel back the weatherstrip, remove the screws from the w/strip channels and pull down the w/strip channels out of the way. Then pull off the drip rails, which will be kind of stuck to the body.

I don't think it'll disturb the exterior paint if you're careful.
Steve F.

nUcLeArEnVoY

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Re: Removing the drip molding...
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2020, 02:22:38 PM »
Thanks, everyone!

Wallington

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Re: Removing the drip molding...
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2020, 05:39:42 PM »
If it's the screw on type, be sure to reseal the channel and the body seal when you reinstall it. There's a recent post on the seals if you scroll down a couple of weeks.

Re: Removing the drip molding...
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2020, 05:39:42 PM »
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